47 South Street, EMSWORTH, PO10 7EG
Ramon and Karen Farthing's chic restaurant with rooms in a quayside 17th-century house has established Emsworth as a foodie destination since it set up shop a generation ago. Harbour views are part of the attraction, and the restrained, modern dining room with tables dressed in their best whites attests to an operation that takes the business of fine dining and drinking with serious enthusiasm. Ramon's cooking is innovative stuff, backed with a sound, classical understanding of how flavours work together, and turbocharged with the excitement of modern technique. This is clear in a starter that makes a cannelloni of super-fresh crab encased in apple jelly to go with roasted and puréed artichoke, fresh apple and apple purée, puffed rice and foraged leaves. The watery setting brings fish to mind at main-course stage: poached cod is served with nut-brown butter sauce and herb crumb, accompanied with an elaborate assemblage of grilled langoustine, dehydrated cod skin with salt and vinegar jelly, roasted parsnips, and a pot of shellfish jelly, parsnip purée and parsley foam. Desserts continue the inventive ideas with a riff on tried-and-tested flavour combinations, taking in iced peanut parfait coated with crisp dark chocolate, coffee mousse topped with peanuts, and warm doughnuts with butterscotch sauce and orange jelly.
Tel: 01243 375592
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Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: 1st 2/3 wks Jan, 1 wk end May & Oct, 25-26 Dec
Cooking type: Modern British, European
Chef: Ramon Farthing, Gary Pearce
Number of seats: 45
Accessible for wheelchairs.
2 Course lunch from: £23.95
3 Course lunch from: £28.95
2 Course dinner from: £47.95
3 Course dinner from: £57.95
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